Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Mae West: Answers Letters

It was Sunday, 26 December 1937 and the headlines read: MAE WEST Helps Santa's Family Enjoy Christmas. This is Part 3, which concludes a heart-warming story from Marshall, Missouri.
• • The Depression put Santa out of work • •
• • Santa knows what it means to be without. For the past year, he had only three weeks work. He is a minister in the Church of God and a plumber when he can find work in that line. There hasn't been much of it lately, so Santa turned to digging ditches. He is 50-years old.
• • Answers Letters • •
• • Santa tried to answer all of the hundreds of letters he received from children and grown-ups over the world.  He finished the task today after showing the tree and gifts to the children. Miss West suggested in a message accompanying the $250 that Santa use part of the money to buy stamps so that he could answer at least  the children's letters.
• • Miss West (in her printed message) said: "Every day's a holiday, Santa Claus, and the biggest and best one is right around the corner."
• • The motion picture by Paramount was to be released on Saturday, 18 December 1937 in the USA.
• • This was Part 3 of "Mae West  Helps Santa's Family Enjoy Christmas." Part 3 concludes this long article.
• • Source: United Press article in syndication; published on Sunday, 26 December 1937.
• • On Sunday, 28 December 1919 on Broadway • •
• • It was Sunday, 28 December 1919 and Mae West was very busy in Manhattan — — double-booked, in fact.
• • The 26-year-old "firefly of vaudeville" was appearing that night at the Lyric Theatre [on 42nd Street, west of Broadway]. Sharing the Lyric bill with her were these entertainers: Eugene and Willie, the Howard Brothers; Carl McCullough; the 4 Haley Sisters; and "8 other favorite acts."
• • On the same night, Mae West performed at the 44th Street Theatre [near Broadway]. On the program was the top-billed act — — Sophie Tucker and Her Kings of Syncopation — — along with Ames and Winthrop, Mae West, Riggs and Witchie, and "8 other favorite acts."
• • On Sunday, 28 December 1969 • •
• • John Kobal wrote an article "Mae Queen" about movie star Mae West. The piece was published in Britain in the Sunday Times Magazine [UK] on Sunday, 28 December 1969.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Variety:  Mae West, Pearl Bailey headed for New York.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I am a showman. I know that the public wants sex in their entertainment and I give it to them." 
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Daily Banner mentioned Mae West.
• • To the petty officers of the V. S S. Vestal — — Your Christmas card to Mae West was the first she received.  ...
• • Source: Item in The Daily Banner; published on Monday, 31 December 1934
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 12th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven years. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,500 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3605th
blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a
magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material
focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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